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Job Search: Is Self-Discovery Really Worth The Time?

September 1, 2017

It’s a question we are often asked. The answer is Yes.

In our experience, clients who understand: who they are; what they are good at; what they value; the strengths they want to bring to the job; the job titles that peak their interest; and the kind of work place culture in which they will thrive — find jobs that truly fit much faster.

Jane Porter in a 2015 Fast Company Blog Post entitled, How To Change Careers When You Don’t Know What You Want To Do Next, writes about Timothy Butler’s work: “Most people who are unhappy with their careers and want a change often feel the urge to jump right into looking for new opportunities–scouring job boards and asking friends about interesting opportunities they might know of. But Butler says that’s starting with a tactic that should be the last step in your path, not the first. “The question that should be taken on first is: ‘What really holds meaning for me?’” he says. “Not in an abstract way, but in a very nitty-gritty, concrete way”

Knowing exactly what they want allows clients to zero in on the right career, in their desired location and in a work environment that will fuel their success. These clients also conduct search for “job offers” not a search for a job. Self-discovery allows clients to write “7 to 12 sentences that capture specific criteria you want out of your career and life. “This requires work, but it’s work that you can do,” says Porter

“This is the stuff that is missing. This is the work people don’t know about. ‘Who am I and how am I different from other people?’” continues Porter.

Our clients expedite their search by creating the criteria they want out of their career and life. 97% of our clients find jobs in which they excel, value highly, and love to do.

If you find this post helpful we invite you to join one of our affordable workshops

Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a Certified B Corporation®  that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiative in Guelph. He is passionate about helping people to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do.

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Know What You Want, Know Who You Are, Get The Right Job

August 29, 2017

Are you frustrated because you cannot get interviews?  Have you been sending applications with no response?

It could be that you are searching the wrong way. If you are applying to on-line jobs,  I estimate your chances are no better than eight percent of getting an interview unless there is a shortage of people in your line of work.

in a recent Forbes blog post, Ten Reasons Online Job Applications Are A Waste Of Time, Liz Ryan writes: “As a functional job-search channel, online applications are useless. Your chances of getting a good job by filling out an online application are about as good as your chances of winning the lottery — or maybe worse”

Its demoralizing for job seekers because the job seeker reads the ad and sees how well they fit. Sadly, there are likely others who are a more exact fit for the position and who are known to the hiring manager.

A better approach to finding the Right Career is to know exactly what you want, know who you are, and build a strategy to form a network of people doing this kind of work to help you get ahead of the job postings.

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If you find this helpful we invite you to join one of our affordable workshops

Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a Certified B Corporation®  that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiative in Guelph. He is passionate about helping people to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do.

IS YOUR JOB DRAINING THE LIFE OUT OF YOU? …. Let’s sort that out!

August 29, 2017

For some clients, It is rat race of a world and the race just keeps getting faster and more intense. Clients come to see me because their life does not “hum” anymore. They have been successful all their lives but now, there is no excitement in their work or much else in life.

They decide that career or job change is the answer. We work together to determine their hopes and desires for their next steps; who they want to be in their next job; and what strengths they choose to bring to their next position. When we finish, we discover that their current job is actually a fairly good fit for most for what they are looking for in their work life but their life is all work. They work into the evening and then come home to the obligatory chores of looking after a family and a home. It is like there is no gas left in their engine.

I introduce them to Jamie Gruman’s TED Talk, ReNU and they realize that it is not their work that is entirely the problem. The issue is that their leisure is in trouble. In fact, with some clients, leisure is completely missing in their life.

In a 2016 Forbes blog post, Why We Burn Out In The Workplace And Why It Matters, Brett Steenbarger writes: “Play is our fuel; it gives us much of our joy, satisfaction, energy, and experience of affection. Without that emotional fuel, we burn out. We are most engaged when our tanks are full. That means, however, we must say “yes” to the experiences that provide us with the fuel of well-being. It is the quality of our not-work that energizes and inspires the quality of our work.”

The issue is becoming so common among our clients that our Right Career workshop has a new component dedicated to “safeguarding your leisure” and now clients all watch Gruman’s TED talk as a way to begin the discussion of how they are managing their leisure.

As Steenbarger says, “we can burn out and become disengaged not only because of the ineffective practices of managers, but because of our own ineffective self-management. When we mismanage the business of living, we can become disengaged from life itself.”

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Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a Certified B Corporation®  that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiative in Guelph. He is passionate about helping people to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do.

 

75 % Of Job Success Predicted By Three Things

April 9, 2017

In Before Happiness, Shawn Achor reminds us that “75 % of job success is predicted by three things (aside from intelligence): belief that your behaviour matters, social support and the ability to view success as a challenge instead of a threat.”

It gives those who are thinking about transition some excellent questions to ask as part of their planning process:

Before Transitioning, Evaluate Your Current Job:

·        What have been the most meaningful experiences in my current role and my previous jobs. What patterns do I notice? Is it possible to modify how I  do my current job to incorporate these patterns?

·        Is there a way I can bring more support from others internally or externally to assist in what I do in my current job?

·        Do I actively look at the benefits of the stress I am currently experiencing? As Shawn Achor points out, many people feel that the stress should be reduced or eliminated. Yet, Achor describes how stress on the job can have important benefits. The process of identifying how the stress is pulling you forward can often change your perception of the entire job. It is easy to feel overly stressed if you think it should not be there in the first place and that it should be fought, stamped out or reduced.

Planning Your Transition

·        What roles in my past jobs brought the most meaning into my life?

·        What does this tell me about the kind of work I want to do next and the specific strengths, that I want to mobilize?

·        What is the kind of work culture where I will flourish?

Choosing Between Job Offers

·        Does the job offer opportunities to do things that really matter to me?

·        Does the job offer the flexibility to include others in the planning and delivery of my work?

·        Am I mentally positioned to begin seeing the benefits of the stress I might experience?

Our experience shows that the best job offers and the most successful career transitions are based on the development and application of a powerful career life statement, which guides every step of your search.  Achor’s book is full of good ideas that help those in transition tease out what is likely to bring them happiness in their work and life from what won’t.  Including these ideas as you think out your career-life statement will advance you in your career in the right direction.

Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a social purpose business that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiative in Guelph. He is passionate about helping people to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do. Learn more

Cuernavaca, Mexico: Just Leave Your Worries At Home!

March 29, 2017

Coming to Cuernavaca, Mexico? Just leave your worries at home! There is no denying the online statistics that indicate that Cuernavaca, Mexico is a violent city, but this is my second visit to Cuernavaca in the last year and I have not seen anything that looked like violence. Instead, I have met some of the kindest, most helpful and happy people I have ever met in my life.

I am learning Spanish at CETLALIC , the most progressive Spanish language immersion school in Mexico, but I still have a long way to go to learn the language and I just know a little Spanish at the moment. If I listened to the media, though, I should be at great risk because I don’t know the language and I am a senior travelling alone, all over the city on local transportation. I also walk throughout the downtown area and I have yet to see any violence. In fact, I hear less sirens than I do in Toronto. I see kids playing outside and travelling to school and adults going about their daily business just like at home. I have been completely lost three times now while exploring the city. I had to ask people I have never met before in another language for help. One person walked me to where I wanted to go; the other person called the Spanish speaking family with whom I am staying to get directions; and a shop keeper took the time to draw a map on a piece of paper showing me exactly where I needed to go.

As a point of comparison, I first visited Cuernavaca 10 years ago and I feel as safe now as I did then. The change I have seen, which is sad, is the disappearance of several language schools. I think that Canadian and USA news, in a desire the select the facts that get the most listeners have managed to scare those responsible for language and cultural education in our countries into discontinuing programs that sent students to Cuernavaca.

It is sad for the students to be denied the experience to come to Cuernavaca. It is also sad because one of the most important principles in managing risks for social and educational programmes is to gather the facts. While reviewing general statistics and listening to the news is one method of gathering such information. I think that a closer analysis of the data and a site visit might have revealed that students staying with host families and coming to Cuernavaca do not fit the common profile of those who have been victims of violence. I have a feeling that students might be at far greater risk walking to school in their own cities!

CETLALIC offers programming that promotes dialogue between Mexico and the people of other cultures as well an excellent language learning program. I am having an incredibly rich and valuable experience learning Spanish at CETLALIC.

I hope those responsible for organizing language, social justice and cultural programming for students will reflect on their decisions and give students the opportunity to learn from and experience this precious city.

And… if you are travelling or be sure to visit Cuernavaca and leave your worries at home!

I Want Out! Is It The Job Or Is It How They Experience Their Leisure?

March 27, 2017

It is not unusual to see clients in my practice who are exhausted. They wake up in the morning feeling tired. Work is endlessly demanding. They say they want more work life balance. The job does not fit anymore and they want out… and soon!  Yet, when they start talking about their work, they “light up”. To an outside observer, they are clearly engaged in their role.  In many cases, it is not the job. It is exactly as Jamie Gruman points out, in his TED Talk, ReNU: How to Recharge Your Batteries in an Age of Relentless Demands. It is the way they utilize their non – work time and experience their leisure.

Gruman’s Re Nu (Re-build, Nourish, Unhook) model offers a great way to help these people understand how changing the way they experience their leisure may bring a whole new perspective to their life and career.

The model is easy to understand and taking clients through this information may help them to, as Gruman describes, turn their downtime into uptime.

This model offers an interesting vehicle for clients, in this situation, to notice what is happening; to be more present and to begin to take back their non-work time and to experience the true meaning of leisure while they still keep a job that they might actually love doing!

Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a social purpose business that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiative in Guelph. He is passionate about helping people to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do. Learn more

You Have Outgrown Your Job … Let’s Find Out What Is Next … Infographic Launch

September 23, 2016

You have outgrown your job. Maybe you’re stuck in a job that was never right for you? Perhaps your position has changed over the years, or you have changed and what used to be a good fit doesn’t feel that way anymore. Possibly, you’re wondering about how to best navigate your career or you may be having trouble securing interviews.

We are thrilled to announce that Career Aviators and Designer, Nik MacMillan have created a fantastic infographic to explain the steps in planning an effective career transition. Gone are the days of finding jobs on line and applying for them.

The process described in the infographic can be used successfully on your own but using a career management consultant such as Career Aviators will get you a job that fits… faster.

It has already received rave reviews but letsus know what you think by making a comment and forwarding on to your friends

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Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a social purpose business that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiative in Guelph. He is passionate about helping people to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do. Learn more